July 18, 2013
Attorney General Kane announces staff moves
HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane announced today some key additions to her leadership team. Joseph C. Peters will serve as Senior Executive Deputy Attorney General in Charge of Communications, while Grayling G. Williams will head up the OAG's newly-formed Office of Professional Responsibility, formerly Internal Affairs.
"I am thrilled to be able to hire people of this caliber to these important positions," said Kane. "Both are eminently qualified and have achieved national reputations. Most importantly, they share my passion for helping to protect the people of Pennsylvania."
Peters has an impressive record in law enforcement. He was a street cop in Scranton, after which he worked his way through law school. He then worked for the Office of Attorney General for 16 years. At the OAG, he headed up the Bureau of Narcotics Investigation and later served as the Executive Deputy Attorney General of what was then known as the Drug and Organized Crime Division.
Peters was then designated as a Special Assistant to the U.S. Attorney General as an Organized Crime and Racketeering Prosecutor. In that role, Peters was on the prosecution team that convicted Philadelphia Mob Boss Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo, his underboss and 15 of his mafia associates.
Peters went on to work in the White House for four years under two presidents-Bill Clinton and George W. Bush-fighting terrorism and drugs. He currently is a life member of the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association (PCPA), and a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). Peters serves on the IACP's prestigious Committee on Terrorism.
Peters is a recognized expert on global terrorism and counterterrorism. He has appeared on FOX News Channel, British and Italian television, and local television stations in New York City and Pennsylvania as an expert commentator on terrorism, drug trafficking and organized crime.
As Communications Director, Peters will be responsible for all aspects of the OAG's communications efforts. That will include the Press Office and the OAG's Education and Outreach unit, which informs, educates and protects Pennsylvanians before they can be victimized.
Grayling G. Williams will head up Attorney General Kane's newly established Office of Professional Responsibility. The OPR will be tasked with ensuring that all OAG personnel -- attorneys, agents and support staff -- maintain the highest levels of professional conduct and integrity.
Williams has a long record of distinguished service in law enforcement. He spent six years as a police officer at Yale University. For the following 22 years, Williams was a Special Agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration, serving on the DEA?s executive team.
Williams worked undercover many times and conducted numerous electronic surveillance investigations. He served as an Instructor at the DEA's Academy in Quantico, VA, teaching Undercover Operations, Informant Management, and Surveillance Techniques. He has also conducted training in Argentina, Poland, the United Kingdom, and the Caribbean.
Williams later served for two years as a Presidential Appointee (appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2009) to the Department of Homeland Security as Counternarcotics Advisor to Secretary Janet Napolitano. He represented the DHS Counterdrug Enterprise, working on investigative and interdiction national strategy, and on various executive level working groups at the White House, in Mexico, and at the U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany.
Most recently, Williams served as the Chief of Internal Affairs for the Baltimore City Police Department.
He is a member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE). He served on NOBLE's National Executive Board as the Federal Advisor to the National President, and also served as the president of NOBLE's Washington, DC chapter. Williams is also a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).
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